The melody of "Happy Birthday to You" comes from the song "Good Morning to All", which was written and composed by American sisters Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill in 1893.
The Summy Company registered for copyright in 1935, crediting authors Preston Ware Orem and Mrs. R.R. Forman. In 1990, Warner Chappell purchased the company owning the copyright for US$15 million, Based on the 1935 copyright registration, Warner claims that U.S. copyright won't expire until 2030, the company continues to insist that one cannot sing the "Happy Birthday to You" lyrics for profit without paying.
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